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Anyone use a Jimenez Bros 2 link kit?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by CBennett1, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. CBennett1
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    I've got a 54 chevy that i'm gonna start gathering air ride parts for. Anyone used a Jimenez Bros two link kit? They look like they are well made and everything but just wanted some personal experiences.

    Thanks fellas
     

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  2. CBennett1
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    Anyone? Or anyone have any opinions on the design, etc. ? Thanks
     
  3. nexxussian
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    The design doesn't look horrible, but I would like a better look before I said it looks good.

    What issue of R&C are those pictures from?
     
  4. nexxussian
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    PS, maybe I'm just being pickey, but I would prefer a watts link for that setup.
     

  5. CBennett1
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  6. kkustomz
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    Two links like this one are the cheaper route to do a air ride, they locate the axle , that's the only thing they do that's good. That panhard bar looks silly in that pic. Good luck
     
  7. Larry T
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    Sure looks like it's patterned after an old Chevy pickup or NASCAR rear set up.
    They both use Panhard bars too.
    Larry T
     
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  8. resqd37Zep
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    I believe if all you want to do is cruise it with a little up and down action from time to time it'll be fine for your needs. I remember reading the article and I was pretty impressed with the simplicity of it all. The 2 links allow it to travel up and down the panhard prevents side to side shifting. You can ask them all the questions you like. They are HAMB memebrs as well.
     
  9. bump... anyone else?
     
  10. ryno
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    Every link system has there own advantages and disadvantages.
    I have a 2 link custom built in my f100 that handles awesome,I'd run it against anyone in autocross corse that wants too.

    How many of you actully have built something with a proper set up link system? Or are ya all just repeating what you've heard? I'm sure you all know more then NASCAR and gm designers.

    Back to the og question,no I've never used one of there link kits,but it looks like a good start,but I think if your capable of installing it you could probaly fab your own link bars too.
     
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  11. cain
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    heres a couple more pics
     

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  12. brigrat
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    I like the simplicity of the 2 link but not used to seeing the 5"-6" lowering blocks and the pan hard bar does look awkward at best...... JMO
     
  13. cain
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    theres no lowering blocks
     
  14. brigrat
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    Top right pic, first post.............................................
     
  15. The problem I have with this is that they use square tubing. For a Truck Arm suspension to articulate properly, the arms need to have the ability to twist axially and square tubing cannot do this. It is the reason that NASCAR Truck Arms are required to be I Beam design. Over time I think this will be a problem not to mention it has to bind when the axle articulates even on something as simple as entering a driveway at an angle. JMHO
     
  16. Ian Berky
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    it seems to be the blocks are only there
    to hold the bracket for the shocks??? A bracket could be welded on the housing and eliminate the block i guess?? Right??


    I like the simplicity too!!! It's great!!:)
     
  17. brigrat
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    It's a cheap way to kill 2 birds, lower car and a place to attach the shocks.
    Take the block out and the car rises an equal amount.
    Yes, shocks could be mounted to a bracket off the rear end tube................
     
  18. Leebo!
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    Theres a clip on Youtube of them installing a kit on a 50 something chevy pickup. Kit in the clips looks different(better) than the one shown here, in my opinion
     
  19. gimpyshotrods
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    Bingo! You don't need to have an engineering degree to understand this (even though I do). NASCAR arms are I-beam, and Chevy truck arms are two pieces of C-channel back-to-back, which allows for twist. Without this flexibility, something else will give, over time. Cross your fingers that it is just a bushing.
     
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  20. Beef Stew
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    you may have an engineering degree but have you actually built or used a two link suspension that's made out of rectangular tubing?

    well i have and it's fine. i mounted the front of my links about 6 inches apart and right where the front u-joint is. the links are 1.5"x2.5" rectangular tubing and i used 1" uniballs instead of a bushing. i have enough articulation in my setup to go rock crawling if i wanted to with zero bind. with a whole 3" or so of normal suspension travel you really don't run into any kind of twisting issues when using rectangular tubing.
     
  21. gimpyshotrods
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    Yes, I have. I design and build automotive suspension systems for a living. That's my job. I have built several square (or heavy round) tube 2-link systems, all but one for off-road only use, each using a large rubber bushing to take care of the flex. The one that does see road use goes through rubber bushings every 2000, or so miles.

    What wall thickness of tubing did you use?
     
  22. cain
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    The 2 link kits have 2 inch square tubing with 1/4 wall.
     
  23. anyone have a pic of this setup in a 55-59 chevy truck?
     
  24. Rpmrex
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    I am interested in this setup also and am BTT for more input.

    I am thinking of a 2 link setup for my 36.
     
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  26. Boones
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    Has anyone installed this kit in a 49-54 chevy. I would like to see the car in the down position (aired out). I have not been able to find a side view of a car with this kit installed.
     
  27. LeftCoastCruiser
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    Me neither Boones! Been looking everywhere. All I can find is the JBC 54, but that's all accuair driven. I'm looking for a shot of a 53-54 using nothing but JBC's 2 link. -BUMP-
     
  28. LeftCoastCruiser
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    This is the closest I've found. This car runs a JBC 2 link, but has had extensive fab work to the floors, trunk, etc. If the 2 link alone got me this low, I'd be sold.
    jb 2 link.JPG
     
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  29. Andy
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    I think it will need a double U joint at the driveshaft end near the pivots. The rear end does not chamge joint angle but the front sure does. I would run a low panhard bar from a 59-64 chevy. It also needs front bushings that are soft in torsion.
     
  30. ed53
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    This 49 is running JBC 2 link
     

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